Fabio Zamblera has been transferred to Newcastle United from Italian club Atalanta, and Newcastle completed the deal just before the January transfer window closed.
Fabio Zamblera – our new 6’3″ 17 year-old striker
The 17-year-old striker is a product of the Atalanta academy and joins Newcastle on a four-and-a-half year deal. Zamblera has been capped at Under-18 level for Italy and represented his country in the 2007 Under-17 European Championships in Canada.
The young Italian stands 6’3â€ tall and is a powerful player, and can score goals. It seems that Newcastle’s new technical director Jeff Vetere, lined up the move for the highly-rated striker. So Jeff seemed to waste no time in getting busy once he was officially hired at the club.
Zamblera never made a first team appearance for Atalanta but comes highly recommended by talent scouts. We don’t know the fee Newcastle United paid, or whether there were any future appearance payments, but reports in the press have stated the fee was around Â£300K for the player.
It’s unusual for Italian players to move out of Italy, probably because they are so family oriented, but moving so early in his career will make it easier for Fabio to play outside of Italy during his career. Of course there is some evidence that Italians can do well in England, as witnessed primarily by Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea as the best example. Paolo Di Canio is another example and if you’re skilled enough, you can play in the Premier League.
Fabio talked to the Newcastle United site last week after signing for the club:
“Newcastle is a very big club and it has a very impressive stadium.â€
“There are lots of very good strikers at this club and I know there are famous names such as Michael Owen and Mark Viduka.â€
“I can also remember Oba Martins and Emre from when they played in Italy.”
We warmly welcome Fabio to the club and wish him the very best of luck in his future career.